Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 2 - Impression Evidence / Latent Print

Idaho State Police, Meridian, Idaho

Salary: $56,908.80 - $81,432.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: August 10, 2020

This announcement is being used to fill an Impression Evidence/Latent Print unit Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) position. The Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) is an experienced scientist level position with ISP Forensic Services. The incumbent will be certified as an FS2 upon successful completion of a specified training program and two (2) years' experience in the FS1 position (or) demonstration of meeting the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experience of an FS2 position and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours. Pay will be adjusted accordingly at the time the incumbent is certified as a FS2.

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  • Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency.
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise in latent print processing and comparison.
  • Follow analytical methods and the quality and safety procedures.
  • Document quality controls and work.
  • Ensure that the reports issued for analysis they perform are accurate.
  • Report results of all analysis performed through electronic laboratory information management system.
  • Provide expert testimony when applicable.
  • Perform analysis in only examinations they are approved to perform.
  • Technical review of casework.
  • Administrative review of casework.
  • Report deficiencies to supervisor.
  • Perform technical audits.
  • Perform validation studies to investigate and implement new methodologies.
  • Train police officers and corrections staff in collection and packaging of evidence and exemplars.
  • Participate in routine quality control measures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Conduct complex examinations of evidence and develop analytical findings in latent print examinations (ACE-V).
  • Provide expert opinion and witness testimony regarding scientific findings.
  • Interpret findings for prosecutors and defense attorneys, prepare attorneys for presentation of findings.
  • Provide assistance at complex crime scenes and collect exemplars at autopsies.


  • A baccalaureate degree or advanced degree as designated by ISP Forensic Services policy for the analytical discipline and two years of *qualifying work experience as a forensic scientist supported by appropriate training
  • *Qualifying work experience includes: working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads, successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities
  • Performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic evidence
  • Providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences
  • Testifying as an expert regarding the forensic examinations performed
  • Must have college coursework in a relevant physical or biological science which may include biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and/or physics. A statistics course may be applied to meeting the minimum coursework hours (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual).
  • The successful candidate will be required to obtain certification by the International Association of Identification as a Certified Latent Print Examiner within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.

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Posted: June 16, 2020

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